“Highlights of SoCal” Birthday Trip/Cruise, Day Six: LAX to MCO (Final Thoughts)

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Los Angeles to Ensenada cruise, Disneyland Resort, Newport Beach
What: Carnival Imagination, Residence Inn, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
When: July 11-16, 2018
Why: Kathy’s Birthday Celebration (Catching up with SoCal)

We got up early the next morning, had coffee in the room, and dropped off the rental car at National. The shuttle was waiting for us and then we were dropped off at the American Airline terminal at LAX. We didn’t get Pre-TSA this time so we had to take off our shoes. I hate walking on the bare floor and I kicked myself for not bringing socks.

So then we walked to our gate, scoped out some breakfast and Rich got us each a coffee and something, which I don’t remember. Dunkin Donuts had a huge line so he got something else. He also stopped at Sees Candy (favorite West Coat candy company) and got us a box of milk chocolate/dark chocolate creams.

We had a pretty uneventful flight – we had the usual turkey wrap but this time also got a glass of wine. We were both dreading going home to a house without Skipper, but we were eager to be there to comfort Shadow and Daisy.

Overall, this was a fantastic trip! We had so many things we longed to touch and didn’t get to them all – like the Disney parks. But the Napa Rose dinner was so awesome that I felt like I’d had the best Disney experience I could have had as part of the trip.

The sadness of losing Skipper hung over it all, though, and we are still grieving. First, I was mostly depressed. I longed to cry but tears were very far away – buried deeply. He may have been a cat but he’d been our special boy for 18 years!!

Shadow has been racing around letting out primordial screams. Skipper had been his “big daddy” for almost 4.5 years and he adored him. He seems to be getting better and yesterday I started to release some tears and we grieved together so maybe we’re on our way. It took three months after Lovey to even think about moving on without her so I’m sure we’ve got some time to heal.

And losing Skipper has caused us to miss Lovey and Buddy all over again. They were the 3 Musketeers, the family we had had for so long. How could they be gone?

Skipper, April 9, 2000 to July 11, 2018

But Shadow and Daisy are special, too, and we’re just beginning to see what this family might look like. They love to snuggle with each other and Daisy is a lot like Skipper – she even has his tail. We sometimes call her “Skipper girl.”

Daisy with her “Skipper” tail (left) and
“Big Brother” Shadow

We’ve booked a cruise for Rich’s birthday next month. These cruises are a much-needed release from all that’s going on and we’re so looking forward to it.

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